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Du-Par's

6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA - (323) 933-8446
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/7/2010 2:50:00 PM
Here's a bargain for the cost-conscious. Between 4am and 6am and between 4pm and 6pm, Du-Par's offers meals that cost whatever time is on the clock, from $4 to $6. It's a good deal, especially in the morning if you go for the Biff's Combo of eggs, sausage and a pancake; however, in my book, one pancake at Du-Par's is not enough. A short stack of three is better. A full stack of five is an amazing, not-to-be-missed Los Angeles meal. These pancakes are fairly thick but not heavy, sizzled on a slick grill so they develop a glistening fragile crust. They come with plenty of syrup as well as a good-size pitcher of melted butter. The 'cakes already are buttery; pour on the extra butter, swirl in some syrup, and you're in breakfast paradise.

Du-Par's always is open, and while breakfast is the must-eat meal, the menu is rich with such comfort food as savory pot pies, welsh rarebit, corned beef hash, turkey with all the trimmin's, and meat loaf made with beef, pork and veal. Desserts are wonderful, including pecan, lemon, and coconut custard pie as well as several puddings. Regular customers time their lunch visits according to the immemorial daily specials: Monday fried chicken, Tuesday turkey, Wednesday pot roast, Thursday liver ‘n’ onions, Friday meat loaf – all accompanied by freshly mashed potatoes.

These hearty foodstuffs are served in spic-and-span surroundings by professional uniformed waitresses who never let a cup of coffee remain only half-full. The West Third Street Du-par’s has the added attraction of being at the Farmer’s Market, which is a good place to browse among fresh produce and schlock souvenirs and spot the many celebrities who shop here incognito.

There are a handful of other Du-Par's in Los Angeles as well as one in San Diego and one in Oxnard. For details, visit the restaurant's website.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Pancakes (full stack)
French Toast (full order)
Orange Juice
Boysenberry Compote
Corned Beef Hash
Hash Browns
Muffin
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A full stack of five is a mighty tower of good eats. Du-Par's is famous for its pancakes, rightfully so.
"A full stack of five is a mighty tower of good eats. Du-Par's is famous for its pancakes, rightfully so."
Michael Stern





Du-par's uses its own thick-sliced bread to make French toast. For $2.25 extra, you can get a crock of boysenberry compote to apply.
"Du-par's uses its own thick-sliced bread to make French toast. For $2.25 extra, you can get a crock of boysenberry compote to apply."
Michael Stern


Our visit was on Thanksgiving Day, so we enjoyed a fix price dinner of roast turkey, real mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and glazed carrots.
"Our visit was on Thanksgiving Day, so we enjoyed a fix price dinner of roast turkey, real mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and glazed carrots."
Cliff Strutz


Beef liver is just the type of diner classic meal that Du-Par's does best.
"Beef liver is just the type of diner classic meal that Du-Par's does best."
Cliff Strutz


Why don't more restaurants offer pitchers of melted butter to go with the pancakes? Pouring it on is so much more efficient than trying to spread a cold pat. Not that Du-Par's pancakes even need the butter. They are buttery enough hot from the griddle. But it is so nice see and savor the swirl of butter and syrup on these superb flapjacks.
"Why don't more restaurants offer pitchers of melted butter to go with the pancakes? Pouring it on is so much more efficient than trying to spread a cold pat. Not that Du-Par's pancakes even need the butter. They are buttery enough hot from the griddle. But it is so nice see and savor the swirl of butter and syrup on these superb flapjacks."
Michael Stern


Moist and unctous but with a crisp web of skin, Du-par's corned beef hash is vividly spiced and has just enough onion to balance its brine with sweetness.
"Moist and unctous but with a crisp web of skin, Du-par's corned beef hash is vividly spiced and has just enough onion to balance its brine with sweetness."
Michael Stern


Coffee comes in a sturdy mug with a pitcher of cream. While you sip, ensconsed in a plush upholstered booth, you are serenaded by the clatter and sizzle coming from Du-Par's semi-open kitchen.
"Coffee comes in a sturdy mug with a pitcher of cream. While you sip, ensconsed in a plush upholstered booth, you are serenaded by the clatter and sizzle coming from Du-Par's semi-open kitchen."
Michael Stern


The coffee never stops flowing at Du-par's in the Los Angeles Farmers Market.
"The coffee never stops flowing at Du-par's in the Los Angeles Farmers Market."
Michael Stern


The thick pumpkin pie was the perfect conclusion to Thanksgiving dinner.
"The thick pumpkin pie was the perfect conclusion to Thanksgiving dinner."
Cliff Strutz


Fresh? You bet. Du-Par's orange juice is so pulpy it is almost like eating a sweet, delicious orange.
"Fresh? You bet. Du-Par's orange juice is so pulpy it is almost like eating a sweet, delicious orange."
Michael Stern


The soups, like the chicken noodle are made in house.
"The soups, like the chicken noodle are made in house."
Cliff Strutz


Homemade apple pie, with a thick, rugged crust.
"Homemade apple pie, with a thick, rugged crust."
Cliff Strutz


The broad-topped bran muffin is nearly as sweet as spice cake and chocked with fruit. It is so sticky that it is best eaten with a fork, lest one's fingers get caked with crumbs.
"The broad-topped bran muffin is nearly as sweet as spice cake and chocked with fruit. It is so sticky that it is best eaten with a fork, lest one's fingers get caked with crumbs."
Michael Stern


Our meals came with big, yeasty dinner rolls.
"Our meals came with big, yeasty dinner rolls."
Cliff Strutz


Next time, I will ask for my hash browns well done. The crisp web on the outside was great to crunch, but the interior potatoes remained too soft for my taste.
"Next time, I will ask for my hash browns well done. The crisp web on the outside was great to crunch, but the interior potatoes remained too soft for my taste."
Michael Stern


Chicken Pot Pie!
"Chicken Pot Pie!"
Elise


The farmer's market sign above Du-par's at approximately 5:30am
"The farmer's market sign above Du-par's at approximately 5:30am"
Michael Stern


At about 5am the week before Thanksgiving, they were decorating the trees outside of Du-Par's with Christmas lights.
"At about 5am the week before Thanksgiving, they were decorating the trees outside of Du-Par's with Christmas lights. "
Michael Stern



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